FMC Corporation has named Dennis Kearney the manager for the FMC BioPolymer plant in Rockland.

In this position, effective immediately, Kearney is responsible for all operations at the plant off Tillson Avenue, which produces carrageenan.

“Kearney brings to Rockland extensive plant manufacturing experience and we look forward to his leadership in Rockland,” said John Bartholomew, FMC BioPolymer operations director, in a news release.

Kearney said he welcomes the management opportunity and looks forward to being actively involved in the Rockland community.

Kearney previously served as the site manager for the FMC BioPolymer plant in Newark, Del., where microcrystalline cellulose is produced for food and pharmaceutical applications. Prior to that, he held positions of increasing responsibility including serving as plant production manager. He received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Drexel University. Kearney and his family will relocate to the Rockland area this summer.

Kieran O’Dwyer, former Rockland plant manager, will move to the position of BioPolymer operations planning manager for the business group. He will continue to be located in Maine and will maintain his position on the Knox/Waldo Regional Economic Development Council.

FMC BioPolymer is a leader in harnessing nature’s renewable resources to create ingredients and innovative technical solutions for food, pharmaceutical, personal care and biomedical markets, according to the company. Carrageenan is derived from seaweed and is used as a stabilizer in foods.

FMC Corporation is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial and consumer markets globally for more than a century with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. The company employs more than 4,800 people throughout the world. The company operates its businesses in three segments: agricultural products, specialty chemicals and industrial chemicals.